Introductory level courses, which enroll no more than 40 students, offer surveys of Western European and American history. Upper division courses, usually between 5 and 25 students, offer more intensive examinations of a specific historical topic or period.
In your history classes, you will engage in a range of projects delving into the "whys" of history. Simulations, debates, discussions, group projects and presentations, as well as more traditional exams and analytical papers, offer the opportunity to develop good analytical, reading, and writing skills. In addition, exposure to primary source documents (written during the period studied), as well as secondary sources (historians' interpretations of events and ideas) offers the opportunity to examine the historical process - how we make sense of history - and to gain insight into complex situations and acquire cross-cultural understanding. You will learn how to work with and understand unfamiliar material, necessary skills as you begin your future career.
Students who take history courses at Doane University and who have met specific academic requirements may be invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society. New members to the to the Delta Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta are initiated at the end of each academic year.